Christopher Harvin: 40 Under 40 2013

Founding Partner and Cofounder, Sanitas International and Partner, Barbaricum
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Christopher Harvin has forged not just one, but two highly successful, parallel careers in PR. Building on success at larger firms, where he worked globally at the highest levels, he has helped veteran-owned Barbaricum grow from four employees to more than 60.

He has also become a leader in the US government contracting communications business. The firm now provides communications for some of largest Department of Defense and national security clients and Harvin was instrumental in landing the US Army as a client last year.

Wearing his other hat, he has helped build leading boutique international communications firm Sanitas International, focused on emerging markets and developing countries. The agency has represented international businesses, high-profile individuals, and foreign governments such as Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Republic of Congo, working in some of the most world’s most challenging communications environments.

Prior to his time at these two firms, Harvin was key in building and expanding Levick Strategic Communications’ international crisis and reputation management practice, where he managed premier clients such as Sheikh Mohammed and Dubai.

His dazzling career has also seen him serve the White House under President George W. Bush and hold senior advisory positions with the Office of the Secretary, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Among many achievements, he played an integral role in historic White House trips to Afghanistan, China, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia.

With his passion, experience, and expertise, Harvin is an ideal candidate for 40 Under 40 recognition, suggests Whitney Aronoff, HR manager at Barbaricum.

"His determination and success at helping clients unleash the power of PR regardless of size, profits, or time zone is a testament to his work ethic, success, and results-driven attitude," she says. "He is truly a leader and pioneer in today’s global PR industry."

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